Cruises have always been a popular choice for those in need of a little sun and sea, of course, but as the array of vessels, themes and destinations have increased in recent years, so has interest in cruising.
These days, there truly is a cruise for everyone, whether you’re into music, history, politics or anything, really. Want to cruise with fellow “Twilight” fans to Forks, Wash.? There’s a cruise for that. Want to lose weight with “The Biggest Loser” star Jillian Michaels while you voyage to the Bahamas? There’s a cruise for that. Basically, if it’s bordered by water, you can cruise there.
Because of the vast array of options, a cruise can easily be your elusive “perfect vacation” — and one that may even be less expensive than you think. Once a luxury to a small portion of the population, cruises have now become more affordable: With established all-inclusive rates that include accommodations, dining, entertainment, activities and parties, cruises can cost as little as $50 to $75 a day per person (especially in the least expensive time of year, from mid-August to late December.)
That’s not to say one bill covers all: Additional costs can include airfare, alcohol, gratuities, shore activities, some dining options, spa treatments, casino gambling and Internet use. But most of these additional costs can be researched before boarding.